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Comment: Re:A number of countries?? Say it ain't so! (Score 1) 73

by click2005 (#47179647) Attached to: Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping

The government and politicians will listen eventually, and all it takes is a lot of letter-writing and actual voting.

That just shows how little you know about how government works. I suggest you watch if you want to learn the truth.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lawre...

Lawrence Lessig's SuperPACs might be the only thing that could actually change things and even that is a long shot.

Comment: Re:Or call your credit card company ... (Score 1) 228

by click2005 (#47174155) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

Except that is a great segue into a scam.

- The last four digits of your card are pretty easy to get - they are typically printed out on paper / transmitted in the clear.
- If they have your email (not hard), and they can get you to respond to your message, then they try to have you give them the rest of the card number (for security) and, for even more 'security' your PIN number and
- Profit!

Seriously? Are you stupid enough to give out your PIN ever? If the person is giving this out, no amount of security is going to help.
There are any number of ways that the CC company could verify the authenticity, the last 4 digits was purely to identify the card.

Comment: What??? (Score 1) 35

by click2005 (#47147311) Attached to: Interviews: Jennifer Granick Answers Your Questions

"It interferes with the sanctity of search, which should be about getting people the most relevant results. Instead, it allows individuals to try to hide information about themselves, even if true. "

So only Google, governments & the MPAA/RIAA should be allowed to manipulate search results? Search results are already contaminated so how is giving everyone the chance to do it worse than a select few?

Programming

R Throwdown Challenge 185

Posted by timothy
from the if-you-pirate-it-so-much-the-better dept.
theodp (442580) writes "'R beats Python!' screams the headline at Prof. Norm Matloff's Mad (Data) Scientist blog. 'R beats Julia! Anyone else wanna challenge R?' Not that he has anything against Python, Matloff adds, but he just doesn't believe that Python or Julia will become 'the new R' anytime soon, or ever. Why? 'R is written by statisticians, for statisticians,' explains Matloff. 'It matters. An Argentinian chef, say, who wants to make Japanese sushi may get all the ingredients right, but likely it just won't work out quite the same. Similarly, a Pythonista could certainly cook up some code for some statistical procedure by reading a statistics book, but it wouldn't be quite same. It would likely be missing some things of interest to the practicing statistician. And R is Statistically Correct.'"

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else. -- Gerald Weinberg, "The Secrets of Consulting"

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